GENERAL POLICIES REGARDING COLLEGE PERSONNEL
DATE OF ADOPTION: December 14, 2006
REVISION DATE(S): October 27, 2011
October 25, 2012, March 26, 2015
The President of the College as Chief Executive Officer is hereby delegated authority by the Board of Regents for all employment decisions (excluding Vice Presidential positions) regarding hiring, assignment of personnel, promotion, designation of duties and job descriptions, discipline, termination, or any other personnel actions. For any position with the title of Vice President, Board approval is required prior to hiring or termination.
Seminole State College contracts with regular full-time professional staff and faculty on an annual basis. Except as provided in this policy for tenured faculty, contracting with an employee for one year does not imply that the employee will be contracted for any other time period. Non-contracted employees, including part-time and classified employees, are employed as needed at the will of the President. Nothing in this policy shall preclude employees from exercising their due process rights as outlined in the Policy manual
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY / AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
Seminole State College declares and affirms to its students, employees, and to the public that it is committed to an environment of equity, equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion through the administration of its recruitment policies, admissions policies, educational policies, employment and promotion policies, scholarship and loan programs, and all other College administered programs and activities. Seminole State College prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, genetic information, disability, or any other prohibited characteristic. In order to assure that equal opportunity is afforded to all students, employees, and applicants, Seminole State College has implemented an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Program.
PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH AND SELECTION
In the event of an opening in the position of President, the Chair of the Seminole State College Board of Regents has the responsibility and authority to oversee the presidential selection process. The Office of the President, in collaboration with the Faculty Senate Subcommittee on Academic Issues, has developed a search and selection process, which may be utilized at the discretion of the Board. The Board may utilize other methods for recruitment and selection of a President.
Candidates for a teaching position in an academic, transfer-oriented, program should possess an appropriate academic degree from an acceptable training institution with prior teaching experience highly desirable. Typically a master’s degree is required for a full-time teaching position in a traditional academic area. A doctoral degree is highly desirable.
In order to be employed in a teaching position in the occupational/technical areas, successful candidates must have proven capabilities in the field in which they propose to teach. Some college training, technical certification, and prior teaching experience are desirable.
Candidates for the various administrative positions must have a minimum of a master’s degree or possess specialized training and experience. Experience in teaching or administration is required in the positions of Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Student Services and deans. It is highly desirable that the candidate holds or be making progress toward a doctoral degree.
Candidates for other positions on campus should have good character, adequate skills for the tasks required and appropriate training and/or experience.
APPOINTMENT OF PERSONNEL
Full-Time Faculty, Administrative, and Program Employees
The President, upon recommendation from appropriate administrative personnel, makes initial appointment of regular, full-time faculty, administrative and professional staff. The President is also authorized to make temporary appointments as necessary.
Upon employment, the employee must file with the College: 1) a complete résumé which identifies all previous employment; 2) official transcripts of all college work and/or appropriate certificates; and 3) all other applicable federal and state employment forms.
Each employee is expected to be knowledgeable of performance criteria for his/her particular position and with all rules, procedures, policies, and standards of conduct established. An employee who does not fulfill the responsibilities set out by such may be subject to corrective or disciplinary action.
New Employment Probationary Period
Newly hired employees shall be placed in a six-month probationary period. The probationary period can be extended by no more than three months if warranted. If an employee persists in poor performance, a supervisor may recommend termination.
During the probationary period, employees serve at the will of the president and are subject to dismissal with or without cause at any time without prior notice. Recommendations for dismissals shall be recommended to the President for approval.
Upon promotion to a new classification, transfer, or demotion, employees may be placed in a six-month probationary period to allow the department supervisor a sufficient amount of time to measure the efficiency and productivity of the employee. Such probationary periods do not affect an employee’s eligibility for accrual or use of College benefits.
The renewal of the President’s contract will be considered at or before the January Board Meeting as appropriate, or as specified in the contract between Seminole State College and the President.
Tenure is considered a state of continuing employment. Tenured faculty members are protected from dismissal except for sufficient cause, for reasons of financial exigency, or change in institutional programs. Unless there is a change in institutional programming or a declaration of financial exigency by the Board of Regents of Seminole State College, contracts for tenured faculty shall be automatically renewed without written notification.
Each non-tenured faculty and professional staff member shall receive notification by April 15th of each year regarding the College’s intention to issue, or not issue, a new contract to the employee. Salaries, benefits and other conditions of employment may be established by the President at a later time, prior to the issuance of contracts. Classified employees are “at will” and serve at the pleasure of the president subject to dismissal with or without cause at any time. Classified staff shall receive notification of the conditions of their employment at the beginning of each fiscal year.
Authorization of Emeritus Status
The Seminole State College Board of Regents, at its discretion, may honor recommendations of the President granting retired faculty, administrators, or professional staff members emeritus status after retirement. In evaluating candidates for this honorary status, consideration may be given to length of service, special recognitions and activities, and similar items related to performance.